The tragic issue at the southern U.S. border is the subject of a new documentary that premiered on Tuesday. The video depicts the tragic events that led to the deaths of a grandmother and her little granddaughter at the hands of a human smuggler working for a Mexican drug gang.
The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, produced a short film to explain the March 2018 incident in which an American smuggler allegedly crashed his vehicle into a car driven by Maria Alvarez, 71, and her granddaughter Emilia Tambunga, 7.
The 22-year-old smuggler, identified as Rassian Natery Comer, was transporting eleven undocumented individuals. It was alleged that two of them perished in the collision.
Elisa Tambunga, Emilia’s mother, and her grandpa are featured in the documentary, expressing their grief at the loss of their loved ones. They also take some of the blame, saying that lax border security was to blame for the loss.
The protagonist, Elisa, explains bluntly in the film that she and her mother, who was also killed in a violent incident related to the border issue, lost their 7-year-old daughter. Investigators informed her that the cartel had recruited the smuggler via the video-sharing platform TikTok.
She was displeased that the other illegal aliens in Comer’s car were released without being questioned or interviewed. The smuggler, she said, had been indicted and was still being held behind bars.
In the video, Emilia’s grandpa remarks that he is now waking up to an empty home. He keeps all of his stuff in his “little buddy” Emilia’s room. Recently, he’s started sleeping in her lower bunk. He’s afraid to sleep in his bed with his wife.
Elisa said that the blood of her daughter and mother is on the hands of everyone in government, from President Biden to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to our senators and governors.
She went on to say that everyone has the power to effect change in those positions, but instead, they are using it politically.
Heritage argues that parliamentarians should remember the tragedy and honor Maria and Emilia by ending the border dispute.
The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that roughly 3.4 million illegal immigrants entered the country or evaded authorities during the Biden administration, and the majority of the dangerous drug fentanyl was brought into the country through the Southern border, both highlighted by the group.